The proud Gleen family originated in Cornwall
, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England
. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Gleen family originally lived the son of Gerard.
The surname Gleen was originally derived from the Old German Gerhard
which meant spear-brave.
In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versons. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Gleen family
The surname Gleen was first found in Cornwall
, where the Gleen family held a family seat
from very ancient times. The name was first recorded in 1100, when Hubert de Glin was living in the manor of Glynn near Bodmin, Cornwall.
Early History of the Gleen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gleen research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1666, 1638, 1690, 1673, 1663, 1721, 1698, 1701, 1665, 1729 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Gleen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gleen Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Glynn, Glynne, Glinn, Glyn, Glin and others.
Early Notables of the Gleen family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Baron
Wolverton; Sir John Glynne KS (1602-1666), a Welsh
lawyer, Lord Chief Justice of the Upper Bench; Sir William Glynne, 1st Baronet
(1638-1690), a Welsh... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gleen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gleen family to Ireland
Some of the Gleen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gleen family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Gleen: Bryan Glynn, who settled in Virginia in 1635; as did Morris Glyn in 1653; Anne Glyn, who arrived in New England
in 1721; Henry Glyn, who came to Pennsylvania in 1753.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gleen (post 1700)
- Brigadier-General Edgar Eugene Gleen (1896-1955), American Chief of Staff, 1st Air Force (1945-1946) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Edgar Gleen. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gleen/Edgar_Eugene/USA.html